By ADAM SCHRADER
Published in The Denton Record-Chronicle on July 22, 2014
Kierstin Eaddy met everything with passion. She had a passion for track and field, Girl Scouts, horses and helping others.
The Flower Mound teenager also had a passion for racing go-karts and was thrilled to participate in a timed race sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America at Texas Motor Speedway this past weekend.
Eaddy, 14, died Sunday when her go-kart crashed on a course set up in a parking lot at Texas Motor Speedway. She was taken by air ambulance to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, where she was pronounced dead.
Fort Worth police are investigating the cause of the crash.
The remaining races at the event were canceled after the accident.
“All of us at the SCCA are shocked and saddened to hear about Sunday’s tragic accident involving Kierstin Eaddy,” Lisa Noble, president and CEO of SCCA, wrote in a press release. “We are a Club of families, and are shaken by the loss of this young competitor. Personally, and on behalf of the SCCA, my heartfelt condolences go out to Kierstin’s family, friends and the participants at Sunday’s event.”
Kierstin, a member of North Texas Karting and the Dallas Karting Complex, had raced since age 7. She was a two-time regional champion and was wearing her helmet, neck brace, gloves and racing suit at the time of the accident, said her father, Todd Eaddy.
Kierstin had dyslexia and attended the June Shelton School in Dallas, where she was an honors student and participated in track and field. According to its website, Shelton is a private school founded for the treatment or accommodation of learning-different children.
She represented Shelton at the Junior Olympics recently in San Marcos and broke many school records this past year.
Kierstin, who owned the pre-assembled go-kart, wanted to become an engineer and design her own kart.
“Racing is fun, and something like track and field you have a passion to be a competitor, and she was a competitor in everything she did,” Todd Eaddy said of his daughter, adding that she was also a gifted painter.
Classmate and friend Brennen Bliss, who has created a memorial page on Facebook, said Kierstin received the Spirit of Shelton award this past year, which is the highest award a Shelton student can receive.
“She was the most amazing person. The impact she has made on all of our lives is something we’ll never forget,” Bliss said.
Todd Eaddy said the school had a major impact on his daughter’s life.
“I don’t know how to tell people about dyslexia and the difficulties that come with it and the children that go through what they do with being dyslexic,” he said. “Shelton is a school that wraps their arms around that.”
Counselors were made available to students and parents on Monday at the school, according to Shelton’s executive director, Suzanne Stell.
“We will be continuing that with grief counselors as we move forward,” said Stell, adding that the school is waiting to hear from Kierstin’s parents before having a memorial at the school.
Kierstin was a member of the Girls Scouts and a volunteer with the SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding Center in Corinth. The center provides free therapeutic horseback riding services to children and adults from 10 counties in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Her father said she chose the organization because of her love for horses and children and helping others.
She would volunteer every weekend and build PowerPoint presentations for teachers, students and corporations to help the organization, Todd Eaddy said.
Funeral arrangements have not been made public, but they will be published later at this link: https://www.facebook.com/pages/In-Loving-Memory-Kierstin-Eaddy/276174705902234?sk=timeline
ADAM SCHRADER can be reached at 940-566-6882 and via Twitter at @Schrader_Adam.